Chapter 15.20


15.20.010    Applicability.

15.20.020    Definitions.

15.20.030    Locally harvested.

15.20.040    Moisture content and size.

15.20.050    Inspection and documentation.

15.20.060    Severability.

15.20.070    Enforcement.

15.20.010 Applicability.

The provisions of this chapter supersede the International Residential Code. [Ord. 2021-02.]

15.20.020 Definitions.

“Locally harvested” shall mean harvested from within the boundaries of Columbia County.

“Self-milled lumber” is lumber that has been locally harvested and milled by the owner of the project. [Ord. 2021-02.]

15.20.030 Locally harvested.

All self-milled lumber used in structures in Columbia County must be locally harvested and must have documentation of the date of harvest, location of harvest, date of milling, length of drying processing, and date of dressing. [Ord. 2021-02.]

15.20.040 Moisture content and size.

Moisture content of self-milled lumber must meet the American Softwood Lumber Standard of 19 percent moisture or less on the date of use. Self-milled lumber must be equal to or greater than standard sizes after drying and dressing. Two-by (2x) lumber used in rough form must be thicker than nominal size by no less than one-quarter inch. Members must be cut full size in width and thickness. [Ord. 2021-02.]

15.20.050 Inspection and documentation.

Grade and species must match requirements in the Western Wood Products Association and National Design Standards for Wood Span Tables for Floor and Ceiling Joists and Roof Rafters. In permanently occupied structures, the lumber must be deemed acceptable for construction by a qualified third party before construction can begin. If the inspector is not a certified lumber inspector, the Columbia County commissioners will review the qualifications of the lumber inspector. All documentation of the lumber’s history and inspection will be attached to the title of the property for the duration of the structure’s lifespan. All costs and fees will be the responsibility of the property owner. [Ord. 2021-02.]

15.20.060 Severability.

Should any section or provision of this chapter be declared invalid, such decision should not affect the validity of the chapter as a whole. [Ord. 2021-02.]

15.20.070 Enforcement.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish, equip, use, occupy, or maintain any building or structure or cause or permit the same to be done in violation of this code. Any violation of this chapter will be subject to the provisions in CCC Title 19, Code Enforcement. [Ord. 2021-02.]